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Family Programs

The Institute will present three FREE Family Open House Programs during the year.  These highlight a few of the many fields of scientific study and exploration that have been a part of the Wagner's curriculum for the past 160 years.  Presentations are given in the historic lecture hall with scavenger hunts, crafts, and other activities taking place in the museum.


These family programs are appropriate for ages 6 - 12 but are enjoyed by older children, teenagers, and adults alike.


The Institute is open from 12 - 4 PM on these days.  

The collection may be viewed without attending the program. 



Wagner's Winter Wonderland: Groundhog Day

NOON - 4:00 PM

How long is winter going to last this year?

Can groundhogs accurately predict the weather?

Come to our event to find out!

Meteorologist Kelly Flanigan from PennEnvironment and other climate scientists will be talking about this popular tradition that started here in Pennsylvania over 170 years ago.

There will also be fun, hands-on science activities throughout the building focused on Groundhog Day and weather folklore. You can register for the event here.



Be An Ornithologist!

NOON - 4:00 PM

How many different types of birds do you see every day?

How can we protect the birds that live in our neighborhood?

Learn about all the birds that live in the city and how we can we do our part to conserve them and their environments the as best as we can.

The Philadelphia Discovery Center and Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center will both be here at the Wagner with live birds and fun birding activities for kids. You will be able to make your own binoculars, bird feeders, and bird nests!

This event is part of the 2019 Philadelphia Science Festival.

Event registration is now open, click here to register.